The IAF targeted three terror activity sites in central Gaza overnight Wednesday and an additional weapons storage facility in southern Gaza, the IDF spokesperson said in a statement. Direct hits were confirmed.
The attack came in response to a Grad missile attack on southern Israel late Wednesday evening.
The missile exploded in an open area in the city of Ashdod. There were no physical injuries, but several people suffered from anxiety.
Arutz Sheva’s readers reported of a Color Red siren having sounded at 11:16 p.m. (Israel time) in Ashdod, Rehovot, Yavneh, Gedera, Kiryat Malachi and other communities in the region. The explosion was heard shortly afterwards in Ashdod.
The Grad attack came following a series of terror attacks over the past several days. Earlier on Wednesday evening, a military vehicle was that was on patrol south of Bethlehem hit a roadside bomb near Khirbet Eliya.
The bomb exploded, causing damage to the vehicle. There were no physical injuries.
On Tuesday, a vehicle that was driving northward on Route 60 near Maavar Mikhmas was blocked by an Arab-owned commercial vehicle. At the same time, a young Arab armed with a club emerged from the nearby village, jumped over the security barrier and headed toward the vehicle. The driver managed to bypass the vehicle that was blocking the road, crossed the intersection and drove off.
On Monday, Arabs threw a rock from a passing vehicle at an Egged bus travelling from Beit El to Jerusalem. No one was hurt but the bus was damaged.
“The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers, and will continue to operate with strength and determination against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel,” the IDF Spokesperson said. “The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip.”